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»Z                            THE FATE OF MAN

ve are living in a fallen world, torn asunder by
ncurable contradictions. And it is most notable
iiat this sense of the world's fallen state is accom-
panied not by an increased, but by a decreased
sense of sin. This sense of the world's decadence
is strong in Heidegger and his philosophy i or in
Freud or Celine, author of that amazing novel
Voyage au bout de la nuit, but none of them evidence
a consciousness of sin. The decadence of the
world is evident in all modern literature, in
philosophical thought, in political and social life.
Nothing could be more senseless than modern
economic life with its crises, its over-production,
its unemployment, the power of banks, the
authority of paper fictions, be they in the form
of banknotes, stock certificates or the pages of
a bookkeeper's ledger. There is no security for
life, either material or moral—there is no guar-
anty for anyone, anywhere. We discover that
we are living in a world of crime and phantasms,
The world was all this before, but we have just
now discovered it. Man is threatened on all
sides and does not know what to-mottow will
bring. Modem thinkers like to talk of the
"frontier situation" of man, of the dangers
besetting him on every side (Tillich, Jaspers).
And there is nothing surprising in this-, since
history evidently does not undertake to give
man amr guarantees of existence or offer anv